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Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie (Revised Edition) (2013)

A book review by Liza Palmer. In 2004, I had the pleasure of reviewing the first edition of Tony Lee Moral’s Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie for Scope. When I was approached to review the revised edition, I did not hesitate, recalling the first version to be a strong, organized production history – a […]

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Bury The Hatchet (2010)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. Bury The Hatchet? Where is the conflict? The title of this beautifully shot documentary would constitute something of a double entendre if one could find the combatants. There is poetic strife of a sort; factionalism of a sort; mild hostility; competition, but no long-standing feud; no ages-old rancor that wants rest. […]

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Whatever Makes You Happy (2010)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. This little film makes me happy. It’s not little in subject. It’s not little in heart. As a matter of fact, everything about Whatever Makes You Happy is big but the budget, which was positively miniscule. It’s just that it’s tidy and squared away and neat as a pin without being […]

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32nd International Istanbul Film Festival Dedicated to Memory through Superb Literary Adaptations and a Sense of Nostalgia

By N. Buket Cengiz. At the 32nd International Istanbul Film Festival organized by İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), which ran from March 30th to April the 14th, outstanding examples of the art of cinema from all around the world were screened yet again this year. The film What Richard Did (2012), directed by […]

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Things I Don’t Understand (2012)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. The Tension Between Being and Nothingness Jean Paul Sartre wouldn’t mind my purloining Being and Nothingness, as Things I Don’t Understand is very much an existentialist treatise, conscious or otherwise. From the ontological notion of absurdity—that is to say that life is absurd because it has no inherent or intrinsic meaning—to […]

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The Holistic (2013)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. “I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of an afterlife.” The Holistic is a film short that stays long in one’s memory. I cannot count how many films I’ve seen devoted to life-after-death, but I can’t recall a single one that presented the idea that some of us are not comfortable […]

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Interview with Jon Gartenberg, Tribeca Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. Jon Gartenberg had been curating experimental films for the Tribeca Film Festival since 2003. He previously curated film at MOMA. For this year’s program, Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life, Gartenberg scoured hundreds of submissions and winnowed them down to 13 films from Canada, France, Sweden, Russia, Italy, The […]

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Interview with Sharon Badal, Tribeca Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. Sharon Badal has curated another terrific program of shorts for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Starting with 2,870 entries, she and her staff/screeners have selected 60 shorts, 30 of which are World Premieres. “I think that’s great to have this many new short films to introduce at Tribeca,” she boasted in […]

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I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros, 2013)

By Gaël Schmidt-Cléach. In the opening scene of Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited, two ground crew members, played by Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, get distracted while prepping a plane for take-off, triggering the events of the movie before disappearing, not to be seen again. The scene is reminiscent of the opening of Wes Anderson’s […]

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IFFR 2013: The Passion of the Everyman in Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2012)

By Martin Kudláč. The descendants of Plato and Aristotle have done it again. Despite the mass of negative press focussed on the country’s ongoing financial crisis, Greek filmmakers have succeeded in attracting a good deal of attention. This rising modern generation of auteurs has proven to have all the necessary qualities to enhance world cinema. […]

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